Invention Concept Seven
Parent Involvement and Invention Convention Day
Invention Concept Overview
Once the children have developed their own, original ideas, they should discuss them with their parents.
Together, they can work to make the childʼs idea come to life, and recognize successes along the way.
Yes, But Will It Work? pg. 10
Introducing the Invention Concept
Tell students that many inventions became successful because the inventor had the support of a coach.
Suggested Activity Encourage students to think of people around them who might be a good coach to help them ﬁnish their
To reinforce Invention invention. You can involve parents by simply sending a letter home with students to explain the project
Concept Seven, turn to page and let them know how they can participate. One of their parents may have invented something that they
16 of this Guide to complete can share with the class. (See sample parent letter on page 17.)
the “Sponges” activity with Plan an “Invention Convention Day” to recognize your students for their inventive thinking. This day
the class. should provide opportunities for the children to display their inventions and tell the story of how they got
their idea and how it works. They can share with other students, their parents, and others. When a child
successfully completes a task, it is important that he or she be recognized for the effort. All children who
participate in the Inventive Thinking Curriculum Project are winners.
Copymaster Included in this manual are sample certiﬁcates that can be copied and given to all children who partici-
The Certiﬁcate of pate and use their inventive thinking skills to create an invention or innovation. These certiﬁcates can be
Recognition is available found on the By Kids For Kids web site (www.bkfk.com/toolkit).
www.bkfk.com/toolkit. Coaching Tips
Some states have “Invention Conventions,” with local or regional competitions leading to a statewide
convention. For examples of statewide invention conventions, see:
DVD Connection www.crd.ge.com/invent
Please refer to your
Inventive Thinking DVD
for great inspirations.
For more great class activi-
ties and inventive thinking
resources, check online at